Seoul, South Korea
Los Angeles, California, United States
Steven Yeun went to the Troy High School in Michigan and graduated in 2001.
He then got enrolled at the Kalamazoo College to study psychology. He received his BA degree from the college in 2005 with major in neuroscience.
Actor and singer
- Father – Je Yeun (Former architect and owner of beauty stores)
- Mother – June Yeun
- Siblings – Brian Yeun (Younger Brother) (Restaurant Owner)
Steven Yeun is represented by Principal Entertainment.
Acoustics, song covers
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
67 kg or 148 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Steven Yeun has dated –
- Joana Pak (2009-Present) – Steven Yeun started dating photographer Joana Pak in 2009. At that time, Joana was studying at the Columbia University, whereas Steven was performing with Second City theater group in Chicago. They first met at a bar, where he was working as a bartender. In those early days, they met every day for 6 months. After he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, they had to endure a long distance relationship before she eventually joined him in LA. They got married in December 2016 in front of 220 guests at The Paramour Estate in Los Angeles. They decided against going for a honeymoon because Joana was already pregnant. In March 2017, she gave birth to a son, Jude Malcolm Yeun.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Korean origin.
Often wears glasses
Steven Yeun has been seen in commercials on –
- Milky Way Caramel bar
- State Farm
- Best Buy
Best Known For
- Being cast as Glenn Rhee in horror drama series, The Walking Dead.
- Having made guest appearances in the leading TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Law & Order: LA.
As a Singer
Steven is an amateur singer and eventually wants to get in the music industry. He performs covers of various hit songs and uploads them on his YouTube account.
In 2009, Steven made his first theatrical film appearance in an indie drama movie, My Name Is Jerry.
Before that, he was already seen in the short film The Kari Files in 2009.
First TV Show
In 2010, Yeun guest appeared in The Staircase Implementation episode of comedy series, The Big Bang Theory.
His grueling work in The Walking Dead TV series kept him fit and trim. The action scenes where he tried to outrun the walkers in almost every episode, gave him more than enough physical workout on sets and he didn’t have to hit the gym. Also, he wasn’t interested in getting jacked up as it wouldn’t suit his character in the TV series.
He has also included boxing in his fitness regime after his co-star Jon Bernthal got him hooked while shooting for the first season of the zombie-based TV show. The fact that boxing workouts and sparring sessions can enhance strength and fitness without increasing muscle size, made it a perfect choice for Steven.
Steven Yeun Favorite Things
- Style Icons – Steve McQueen, Miles Davis, and Cary Grant
- Cities for Food – Chicago and Atlanta
- Atlanta-based Restaurant – Sotto Sotto
- Snack – Clif bar and a coffee
- Drink – Whiskey Sour
- Ideal Dinner – Steak and potatoes
- Ideal Breakfast – Bacon, eggs, and coffee
- Ideal Lunch – A nice sandwich
Source – The New Potato
Steven Yeun Facts
- He first got interested in acting in his freshmen year at Kalamazoo College after he saw his college improve group called Monkapult.
- He auditioned to join Monkapult in his freshmen year but due to his bad acting skills, was rejected. He managed to join the group in his sophomore year.
- His parents wanted him to become a doctor and weren’t happy that he wanted to pursue an acting career. However, they reluctantly gave their approval and gave him two years to find a foothold in the acting industry.
- While growing up, he played at the local church. He led praise and similar ceremonies on his guitar.
- While growing up, he used to play a lot of sports including basketball, hockey, and football. But he never managed to retain the interest in any of them.
- When he was very young, his family first moved to Canada from South Korea and then to the US, eventually settling down in Michigan.
- He has made an investment in The Bun Shop, a Korean-Mediterranean fusion restaurant in Los Angeles. Steven’s younger brother Brian co-owns a restaurant in partnership with James Seok.
- After graduating from college, he became a member of Stir Friday Night, a comedy sketch group comprising of Asian-American members. Later, he joined Chicago-based improvisational comedy enterprise, The Second City.
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